10 Biographical Facts About Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only U.S. president to be elected four times (12 years in office).
- Led America through WWII & The Great Depression
- FDR and Teddy Roosevelt were 5th cousins, and FDR's wife Eleanor was Teddy's niece.
- Roosevelt was invited to run for the New York state senate. He ran as a Democrat in a district that had voted Republican for the past 32 years. Through hard campaigning and the help of his name, he won the seat in a Democratic landslide.
- FDR won the Democratic nomination for vice president in 1920 with James M. Cox, governor of Ohio, as the party's presidential pick. The pair lost out to Republican Warren Harding and his running mate Calvin Coolidge.
- FDR's most famous quote (and a most popular used quote), is "The only thing to fear is fear itself". This was said in his first Inauguration speech on March 4th, 1933.
- Roosevelt ended up dying in office in 1945, he suffered from an Intracerebral hemorrhage (Ruptured blood vessels in the brain).
- FDR had 3 Vice Presidents. John N. Garner (1933-1941) Henry A. Wallace (1941-1945) Harry S. Truman (1945).
- Before his presidential job, FDR was also the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 44th Governor of New York, and a Senate of the New York State Senate.
- Roosevelt fell ill and was diagnosed with polio.The infectious disease left him with permanent paralysis from the waist down. Following the illness, Roosevelt remained out of the public eye for several years.
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